This past week the Department of Communication played host to over 45 faculty members from Jesuit institutions around the country who teach and research in communication, film, journalism and related fields. The conference was a smashing success and included panels and sessions on pedagogy, research trends, mission and identity topics and host of other conversations. Visiting Faculty and Deans toured the Bellarmine museum, walked campus and even had a clambake on Sheffield Island in the Long Island sound.
On Sunday, March 18th Fairfield University held its 64th Commencement exercises. Over 100 undergraduate Communication majors and 12 Masters students received their degrees in separate ceremonies held under gloriously sunny skies. Congratulations to our graduate and undergraduate students, please stay in touch!
On Saturday, March 17th the Department of Communication inducted over 20 students into the national communication undergraduate honors society – Lambda Pi Eta. The ceremony was a beautiful one and fittingly included remarks from our colleague Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who will be leaving Fairfield this summer. Congratulations to all the LPE inductees.
Dean Robbin Crabtree, a Professor of Communication and former Chair of the Department of Communication, will be leaving Fairfield for our sister school, LMU in Los Angeles this summer. It is difficult to say goodbye to sic a wonderful colleague. Below the Communication Faculty (and special guest star Dr. David Sapp) are toasting farewell to our colleague Dr. Crabtree. Dr. Crabtree was a favorite teacher when she was serving as chair of the Department and served for six years as the chair of what is now the largest major in the College. She presided over a period of growth for the major, the hires of several new faculty and the development of graduate program in Communication. Good luck Dr. Crabtree from all of us in the Department of Communication!
Senior Communication Major Kaitlyn Banazynski was named the Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award Winner and is pictured here receiving her award with Departmental Chair Dr. David Gudelunas. Congratulations!
Dr. Barbie Zelizer from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania was on campus last week to deliver a very popular lecture on “Remembering to Forget: Images from the Holocaust” for an event sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Communication. Dr. Zelizer was an advisor to both Dr. Gudelunas and Dr. Serazio and her lecture proved very popular with the campus community.
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